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11 Jul 2016 description
report Deutsche Welle

Soap, toilet paper, and most importantly medicine: these were the necessary items Venezuelans rushed through the border to buy. The border between the two countries had been closed for nearly a year.

Tens of thousands of Venezuelans poured over the frontier with Colombia on Sunday to buy food and medicine after Caracas ordered the border open for the first time in eleven months. President Nicolas Maduro authorized a 12-hour-only window for his citizens to cross the pedestrian bridge that connects Tachira, Venezuela and Cucuta, Colombia.

22 Apr 2016 description
report Deutsche Welle

Authorities in Venezuela are planning daily power cuts to curb supply problems at the nation's hydroelectric plants. In a separate announcement, the country's largest brewery said it would be halting beer production.

A plan to ration electricity would see four-hour cuts for the next 40 days, the government said on Thursday.

"There will be restrictions," Electricity Minister Luis Motta said in a televised address. "It's necessary, it's a sacrifice."

Power cuts are set to start on Monday, Motta added.